Woman looking to decode the mystery of Honiton diaries

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 April 2016

The diaries of Louisa Cox, owned by Liza Morgan.

The diaries of Louisa Cox, owned by Liza Morgan.

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Liza Morgan was given the 10 diaries, written by Louisa Elizabeth Cox, by her father more than 30 years ago after he found them hidden in a building he was tearing down

The diaries of Louisa Cox, owned by Liza Morgan.The diaries of Louisa Cox, owned by Liza Morgan.

A woman whose father uncovered a stash of old diaries written by a Honiton lady is looking to locate a relative of the writer before she donates them to Allhallows Museum.

Liza Morgan, who lives in Leek, Staffordshire, was given the 10 diaries, written by Louisa Elizabeth Cox, by her father more than 30 years ago after he found them hidden in a building he was tearing down. She kept them with her wherever she went.

It wasn’t until a recent clean-up that she unearthed the books again and had a go at deciphering the entries.

Liza said: “I have lived in London, Manchester and Nottingham and the diaries have just come with me.

“I never got my head around them. In the last six months I have become semi-retired, so I bought a magnifying glass and tried to get my head around them.”

Liza has found out that Louisa’s diaries were written between 1882 and 1927.

Louisa lived at The Gables on High Street, Honiton, and her father was a solicitor called Spencer Murch-Cox.

Liza believes that Louisa led a middle-class life, but struggled to remember things about her day, adding: “In the diaries, she says things like ‘I am sure I did this’ and ‘I am quite positive I did that’.

“I believe she was given these diaries as a present, which helped her with her memory.

“Louisa was born in 1858 or 1859 and died in Exeter in 1933. She started the diaries in 1882, so I think she’s about 24 at the time of writing.

“By then, she would have been married, but she goes to a lot of children’s parties.

“I think she is someone who had an accident and she had been told to remind herself of what she has done.

“That is just the feeling I am getting from reading three of these diaries, as she does repeat herself quite a lot.”

Liza will travel to Honiton in June and meet with Margaret Lewis, the curator of Allhallows Museum, to hand over the diaries.

They will be placed in the museum’s archive.

If anyone has any information about the diaries, or is a relative of Louisa and wishes to get in touch with Liza, email callum.lawton@archant.co.uk or call 01392 888486.


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